[Labs-l] Technical community consultation: Rebranding Cloud Services products

Bryan Davis bd808 at wikimedia.org
Thu May 11 20:04:56 UTC 2017

In April 2017 the Wikimedia Foundation's TechOps Labs and Community
Tech Tool Labs support teams merged into the Wikimedia Cloud Services
team [0][1]. This new team is in charge of Wikimedia Labs, Tool Labs,
the Labs database replicas (in partnership with the DBA team), data
dump servers (in partnership with Ariel), Quarry, and PAWS.

One component of the internal Foundation pitch for creating the team
was that this would provide an opportunity to break with the past and
undertake a rebranding effort designed to address the 'Labs labs labs
problem' [2], as well as to raise awareness in the Wikimedia
communities of the products and services offered under the Cloud
Services umbrella.

I'm happy to present the initial outline of the rebranding effort:

I would like to invite anyone interested in the future of Labs and
Tool Labs to read the outline of rebranding tasks and provide feedback
on gaps in the plan or aspects of the rebranding proposal that will
conflict with other projects. This is a consultation and not consensus
based decision making process. Not all things are possible in this
space due to various restrictions including trademarks and copyrights.

This consultation will stay open until at least 2017-05-26 to collect
initial feedback. The entire Cloud Services team will also be present
at the Vienna hackathon to discuss the topic in person with people who
are there and interested.

[0]: https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2017-February/086343.html
[1]: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Cloud_Services_team
[2]: https://wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/Labs_labs_labs

Bryan Davis              Wikimedia Foundation    <bd808 at wikimedia.org>
[[m:User:BDavis_(WMF)]] Manager, Cloud Services          Boise, ID USA
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